POTENTIALLY YOU


This was written to accompany a sermon entitled: "Tapping in to Your Potential" It examines some reasons, real or imagined, that people have for not achieving their potential
Husband and wife enter in the middle of discussion about finances. The tone should start playful, then get serious when dealing with husbands past.

HUSBAND:
You are a salesman's dream, y'know that?

WIFE:
Oh c'mon, give me a break.

HUSBAND:
No really they positively drool when they see you pull into the parking lot.

WIFE:
Stop it.

HUSBAND:
Hurry Bernie! Here she comes, get that "sale" sign up. She can't resist it. (Laughs)

WIFE:
What about you, Mister "Never met a hardware store he didn't like."

HUSBAND:
Well remember that next time you want something fixed around here.

WIFE:
Sure, but you always use that as an excuse for getting the newest upgrade of a deluxe power doohickey. Like this: (Holds up prop tool: Large hammer with electric cord)

HUSBAND:
Hold on now, that's the "Anvil Buster 6000" At least I'm not extravagant like you.

WIFE:
Me?

HUSBAND:
You're the only person I know who buys a Sunday paper just so she can read ads to find out where to spend more money.

WIFE:
Extravagant? I'll show you extravagant. (Holds up hat with two "Latte" cups attached with long straw that reaches mouth) How about this little beauty you got so you could drink your lattes while mowing the lawn.

HUSBAND:
Okay okay, truce.

WIFE:
Oh can't take it when the shoe's on the other foot, eh?

HUSBAND:
This happens every time we start talking finances. Look, Honey I know you need some clothes, but all these bills are due and tomorrows paycheck isn't gonna cover it all.

WIFE:
But I can use the Visa...

HUSBAND:
Nope. I had to max it out taking out a cash advance to make up the difference. I don't know how we're ever gonna get our heads above water.

WIFE:
What about that promotion you've been up for?

HUSBAND:
(Turns away in silence)

WIFE:
What? (Pause) Honey what is it? Did you... (Realizes that he didn't get the promotion) Oh. I'm sorry.

HUSBAND:
No, I'm sorry. Sorry that you had to marry somebody such a loser!

WIFE:
Don't say that, you are not a loser.

HUSBAND:
Right.

WIFE:
You're not. You know I hate it when you talk like that.

HUSBAND:
Sorry.

WIFE:
It's okay. What happened? I thought you were in line for...

HUSBAND:
They gave it to Larry.

WIFE:
Larry? But you trained him. That's not fair!

HUSBAND:
It's just like before. They took the guy with the college degree.

WIFE:
Oh don't worry Honey. There'll be other promotions.

HUSBAND:
I don't know, they keep hiring these college boys. My dad was right. I'm just not success material.

WIFE:
When did your dad say that?

HUSBAND:
Only all my life. Ever since I was a kid, I was compared to my brother, Mister Wonderful. He could do no wrong, and I could do no right... in their eyes.

WIFE:
I never knew...

HUSBAND:
Well, I never considered it something to brag about.

WIFE:
You can't help what your parents said. It isn't your fault.

HUSBAND:
Isn't it? It seems I've spent my whole life proving them right.

WIFE:
Honey...

HUSBAND:
It's true. Jeff was the all star baseball player, I was all star klutz. He was high school valedictorian. Three years later, I was taking English "1" my senior year. I had to go to summer school to graduate. All I ever heard was "Jeff this Jeff that. Why can't you just do like your brother? " And then here was a kicker: " It's ok Son, You don't have to put such pressure on yourself, we've got one success in the family. " Sorry Dear, you snagged the wrong brother.

WIFE:
Now you listen to me. I love you. I don't care who thinks your a success. You've still got potential. You could still go to school. Learn a new skill...

HUSBAND:
I don't know. What would I take in college? Maybe computers? Ah who am I kidding?

(Son enters running, excited)
SON:
: Mom, Dad! Look at this!

WIFE:
What is it? What's all the excitement?

SON:
: Look at this new program they're starting at City College, it's a certificate program for Computer systems analysis. They say they'll help get you a job when you're done.

WIFE:
Is that something you'd like to do?

SON:
: Well I've done some reading about it.

HUSBAND:
Gee Son, I don't know. You had a hard enough time getting through high school. I'm not sure you're really cut out for college.

SON:
: (Visibly slumps. starts to turn away.)

WIFE:
(Grabs son's arm) Wait a minute (Pause as she looks at husband) Will you listen to yourself? Do you hear what you are saying?

HUSBAND:
No I can't hear myself... I hear my dad. I'm sorry Son. I don't know what I was saying. If that's what you want to do, you should go for it. That is of course if you don't mind sittin' next to your ole man. Lemme see that catalogue


Copyright © 1998 Robert J. Lee

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